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What a milestone! 150 millionth Volkswagen built

2017-08-28 09:18

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Wolfsburg – More than eighty years ago Volkswagen was founded. Since then, 150 million vehicles, including icons such as the Golf or the Beetle, have been built around the world at more than 50 production sites in 14 countries. 

The brand’s current product portfolio includes more than 60 models globally. The anniversary car, a blue Golf GTE, rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg. 

Volkswagen CEO, Dr. Herbert Diess, said: "150 million vehicles – that means we have made the dream of owning a car come true 150 million times for customers all over the world.

"You and your day-to-day work are the basis for this success. My colleagues on the Board of Management join me in thanking all Volkswagen employees – at all our sites. This anniversary would not have been possible without your commitment."

More VW's in 2017

In 2017, Volkswagen is launching more than 10 new models worldwide. There will be 19 new SUVs in total by 2020. The I.D. family with the new electric architecture (MEB) then marks the start of the Volkswagen brand’s electric offensive from 2020. One million electric Volkswagens are to hit the road by 2025. Technological digitalization, increasing connectivity and sensor technology bring entirely new perspectives. 

The Volkswagen brand’s product portfolio currently includes more than 60 models worldwide. Apart from the Beetle and the Golf, more than 20 million Passat, some 19.5 million Jetta and almost 17 million Polo have been produced.

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History of an icon

The series production of the Volkswagen brand began on December 27, 1945 with the Type 1 Käfer. In the post-war era, it was the Volkswagen Beetle that initially shaped the automobile industry. All in all, 21.5-million of this much-loved small car were built before production finally came to an end in Mexico in 2003.

The Volkswagen Golf topped the Beetle record. The 25 millionth Volkswagen Golf left the assembly line in Wolfsburg in 2007, by 2013 the number had already risen to 30-million.

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